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Stracnar Squares from Puglia

I am always on the lookout for traditional pasta recipes that are now almost lost to time. One that I discovered earlier this year is a pasta from the region of Puglia with the dialect name of stracnar.

It is made from semolina flour, water and salt. Some people add eggs but originally this was not the case.

Once made, the pasta dough is rolled over a cavarola board to create a herringbone design, then the sheet is trimmed and cut into squares. I like to serve it with a simple tomato sauce but have also served it with a lamb ragu.

Cavarola board with a herringbone design

 

Sheet of pasta spread over the cavaola board

 

Stracnar squares with herringbone design

Comments

  1. Virginia Biondi's avatar

    Virginia Biondi

    Hi Mary Ann, I do have all your books except the last one. I will get that soon. Do You think this could be made with Gluten Free Flour? I don't have the board you use but I do have a rolling pin with the squares already in it. Thanks so much, Virginia
  2. mary Ann Esposito's avatar

    mary Ann Esposito

    Hi Virginia,

    I have never done it with gluten free but why not give it a try
  3. catherine's avatar

    catherine

    Its actually a nice and helpful piece of info.
  4. AdriBarr's avatar

    AdriBarr

    Hi Mary Ann, How nice to discover that you too make stracnar. This is one of those pasta shapes that we rarely see in the U.S. I always enjoy making them, and the board is most interesting, quite a conversation piece in fact, and the resulting pasta is wonderful. It is terrific to meet someone else who has a cavarola board!
  5. CATHY's avatar

    CATHY

    MARYANN JUST TRIED YOUR EASTER BREAD.TURNED OUT BEAUTIFUL .I WILL PASS THIS ON TO OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS,THANK YOU CATHY J.
  6. Kathleen's avatar

    Kathleen

    Hi Mary Ann, I must admit, you really caught my attention with this recipe, my last name is Stracner. I found a board that is hand made in Sonoma County CA, and I will be ordering two (one for my mother in law). I can't wait to try this.

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